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Catalyst: The 5th Element

By Julye Huggins

Running during the Toronto Fringe Festival, The 5th Element is presented by Catalyst, July 6th through 16th. This interview with directors Janet Castillo and Natasha Powell speaks to their experience of creating their company’s first full production, which premiered in May 2010.The company’s website describes the work as a journey inspired by the elements of life: “From the rumblings of the Earth to the emotional depths of the Water, to the burning heat of the Fire, to the flying freedom of the Air…” The show also promises an interesting mash up of urban, classical and cultural dance styles. The cast includes Jasmyn Fyffe, Tiff Mak, Elke Schroeder, Esie Mensah, Sarah Tumaliuan, Michita Rivera Bulnes, Jade “Hollywood”, JJ Gerber, Kristian Dalisay, Shavar Caution Blackwood and Jennifer Simic. Check out the video below to see excerpts from the 2010 production.

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